While it is the week of Valentine's Day, it's also still winter, so if you're looking for a simple winter craft to do with your kiddos, check out this fun sock snowman craft we found over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! Reagan had her kiddos do this craft before Christmas break using the finished snowmen as gifts for their parents, but we think it could also make a cute project for your crafters to work on after the holiday!
men's white tube socks
craft felt sheets in assorted colors
buttons in assorted colors
craft puffs in assorted colors
low temp glue gun
Creating the Sock Snowman
Reagan suggests having your kiddos work in pairs as well as setting up three different stations.
STATION ONE: RICE
At the first station, students will take turns assisting their partner in putting two dixie cups full of rice in the bottom of their sock.
STATION TWO: BATTING
At the second station, invite students to fill their sock two-thirds full with quilt batting.
STATION THREE: DECORATING
At the third station the snowman starts to take shape! Start by adding two rubber bands; one where the scarf will go and one where the batting ends, creating a head for the snowman.
Next, roll down what's left of the tube sock creating a 'hat' for the snowman. Cute, right?!
Finally, it's time to add all the embellishments!
- Wiggle eyes and a craft felt 'carrot nose' to make the face.
- Craft puffs for 'earmuffs' and a pom pom on the top of the hat.
- Assorted buttons on the body and jingle bell at the neck to add color and fun!
A few suggestions for the decorating station...
Have all of the embellishments set out on a table and provide students with a small paper plate with their name on it. As they select the embellishments, they can carry their goods on the plate which can then be stacked neatly on top of each other at the 'gluing station' should you get backed up! Because...
Even though you're using a low temp glue gun, have an adult do the gluing!
Aren't these darling!? For more tips and tricks on creating your sock snowman crafts, be sure to visit Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits!